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Public being invited to join UK climate change body

Milestone: Rachel Reeves MP
Milestone: Rachel Reeves MP
Lauren Harte

By Lauren Harte

Households in Northern Ireland are being invited to join a citizens' assembly on climate change.

From next Wednesday, 863 invitations will be landing on doormats in Northern Ireland inviting members of the public to become part of the first UK-wide assembly on what can be done to help reduce carbon emissions.

Participants in Climate Assembly UK will also look at how the UK will reach its net-zero emissions climate target.

The citizens' assembly was commissioned by six cross-party House of Commons Select Committees and is being been launched before the dissolution of Parliament ahead of next month's General Election. This will ensure that the assembly's report is available to the new Parliament as it begins its work.

In June this year, following a recommendation by independent advisors the Committee on Climate Change, the UK became the world's first major economy to adopt a target of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.

By then the UK will have to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases it produces to a much lower level than today, and balance its remaining emissions by absorbing the same amount from the atmosphere.

Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee, Rachel Reeves MP, says adopting the net-zero target was a major milestone for the UK.

"We now need to set out a clear roadmap for the actions to achieve net-zero," she said.

"It's very clear that we will all need to play a part in meeting this target and that we all share a responsibility to future generations to do so."

In total, 30,000 addresses across the UK have been chosen at random to receive invitations to participate in Climate Assembly UK.

The assembly will run over four weekends between late January to the middle of March next year in Birmingham.

A representative sample of the population will then be selected from those who respond to the invitation, with 110 people taking part in the assembly.

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